CLASS NEWS is brought to you by the Office of Communications for the University of Houston's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Is this email not displaying correctly?
View it in your browser.
CLASS NEWS follow us on:
University of Houston
August 2013

Four professors join CLASS as senior scholars

Four professors join CLASS as senior scholars Four professors will join the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in August as tenured members of the faculty. READ MORE

Sociologist Jennifer Augustine awarded $160,000 NIH grant

As Americans, we are often told that education is the key to success. The more education you receive, the better your life – and the lives of your children – will be. However, does it matter at what point an individual decides to pursue a higher education? READ MORE

Rockefeller Foundation selects Lindahl-led project for July 2014 Bellagio Center conference

The Rockefeller Foundation has identified the research of Dr. Carl Lindahl on how people survive and cope during major calamities as an “impact-oriented solution to a critical global problem.” The Foundation has expressed that recognition by providing Dr. Lindahl with the use of the Bellagio Center. READ MORE

Daphne Hernandez, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, discussed her research on food insecurity on Viva Houston, a community affairs show broadcast by KTRK-ABC13.

Sociology Associate Professor Amanda Baumle’s research on wage premiums and penalties was discussed in the Lesbian couples' wage penalty is greater than the lesbian wage premium blog post on the HuffPost Gay Voices website.

Jennifer Clark, assistant professor of political science, provided background information for the article, Wendy Davis’s rules: a guide to legislative rebellion, published on the Washington Post’s WonkBlog website.

Political Science Assistant Professor Scott Basinger’s research on post-Watergate Congressional scandals was cited in the Politicians are slowed by scandal, but many still win the race article published in the New York Times and the We asked science if Eliot Spitzer could win. It said yes. article published on the Washington Post’s WonkBlog website.

Fleurette Fernando, director of the M.A. in Arts Leadership, and Sixto Wagan, director of the Center for Arts Leadership are quoted in Culture Map Houston’s article on the College’s Arts Leadership Initiative, University of Houston launches graduate program to train leaders in the arts.

Creative Writing Associate Professor Mat Johnson’s twitter feed, @mat_johnson, is spotlighted as one of 25 hot happenings in Houston this summer by the Houston Chronicle.

Barton Smith, professor emeritus of economics, is quoted in the news report, Chevron to build skyscraper in Houston, published in the Houston Chronicle and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Luis Salinas, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, comments in the Digital activism replacing marches and rallies in Houston news story broadcast by KRIV-FOX26.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders students participated in Project T.A.L.K., a summer camp for children with hearing loss sponsored by the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, and were featured in the Yucking it up with new friends photo gallery posted on the Houston Chronicle’s

Elena Farah, a senior fellow at the Hobby Center for Public Policy, wrote the opinion article How sustainable are Houston’s pensions? published on the Houston Chronicle’s website.

Elizabeth Gregory, director of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, wrote the op-ed, A delay can empower women, posted on the New York Times’ Room for Debate online forum.

Paul Roderick Gregory, Cullen Distinguished Professor of Economics, wrote the opinion column, Hoover fellow: If children are hungry in America, it is the parents' fault, published in the (San Jose) Mercury News, and Where's Austerity? Why Blame it for Slow Growth? published in Forbes India magazine.

Robert Zaretsky, professor of history, wrote the op-ed article Why the French love a parade published in the International Herald Tribune and on the New York Times’ website.

The StarTalk Texas Teacher Program at the University of Houston, hosted by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and funded by a federal grant, received significant media attention during its two-week run in July on the UH campus.
August 2-11 — Houston Shakespeare Festival
Each summer, the School of Theatre & Dance produces two Shakespeare plays in repertory performed at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  The 2013 productions are Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Leah C. Gardiner and As You Like It, directed by Marc Masterson. Guest actors include Crystal Dickinson (Broadway: Clybourne Park and Enron), Brandon Dirden (Broadway: Prelude to a Kiss and Enron), Seth Gilliam (MTV’s Teen Wolf and HBO’s The Wire) and Chris Hutchison (Comedy Central’s Chapelle’s Show and ABC’s All My Children.) Both Gardiner and Dirden are recent Obie Award-winners for Off-Broadway productions. Click here to view the season schedule. This is a free event.

August 17 — Feast: A Dinner Series featuring artist Gabriel Martinez and hosted by Jim Petersen
Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Monthly magazne, Uchi restaurant, and Whole Foods grocery chain have joined forces to create an unforgettable private dinner series inspired by the upcoming exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art opening September 6, 2013.

September 6 — Public opening and reception for Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art exhibition

Feast features more than twenty-five artists through two interrelated components: a gallery presentation and participatory, performative projects. Reception from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Blaffer Art Museum. For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

Support CLASS, Give online at

Give to the University of Houston  Find CLASS on Facebook  Follow CLASS on twitter